06 August 2013

KENYA : Zuku rolls out rewards scheme for University League

University basketball will benefit from a Kshs.9 million grant in form of prize money and scholarships to reward top performers in the 2013 Zuku Basketball University League, ZUBL, season that will conclude in October.
The reward scheme was unveiled on Sunday by Zuku’s Head of Sports Gary Rathbone during the league’s monthly challenge at the Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium.
Overall winners of the league will earn two scholarship opportunities being donated courtesy of American film and television actor Samuel L. Jackson.
The scholarships are valued at KshShs.5m. In addition to that, Zuku has committed Kshs.3 million to cater for two additional students’ university education for a period of four years.
The ZUBL reward scheme will also see the national men and women university team champions walk away with Kshs.150,000 each while the first and second runners up will receive Kshs.75, 000 and Kshs.40, 000 respectively.
Rathbone reiterated their commitment to help nurture young sporting talent in the country.
“We kicked off ZUBL as a platform for the youth to engage in a sport that results in physical and relational growth,” Rathbone said adding, “these scholarships are further evidence of Zuku’s commitment to supporting and nurturing local talent and will work towards providing these students with resources needed to excel.”
Beginning this season, Zuku sponsored the league to a tune of Kshs.50 million which goes towards regular training of referees and coaches as well as production of a TV magazine show.
Samsung Electronics are also supporting the league with a sponsorship boost of Kshs.8.2 million sponsorship.
Zuku in association with its partner Miles and Associates International have already finalized plans to bring American basketball instructor Michael Scholl for the second round of coaching clinic later this month.
The first clinic was held in June at the Railways Club. According to Miles and Associates Managing Director Michael Finley, it is yet another opportunity for the coaches taking part in ZUBL to upgrade their skills.
“When we talk about taking this league to the next level then this has to be part of that. The coaches will have the opportunity to interact with a person who understands the game well and they will learn more.”
In the matches played on Sunday, Mt. Kenya University Nakuru fought a close battle to see off Technical University of Kenya, TUK, 64-52. They took a slim 34-31 lead to the breather.
Malinga Tugee had 12 points for TUK while George Kiarie hit 19 for Mt. Kenya University. In the other match, University of Nairobi beat Mt. Kenya University Thika 71-59. Billy Oyombe top scored for UoN with 18 points while Robert Juma scored 16 for MKU.

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